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A new survey finds that 61% of workers are burned out at their current job, with 31% reporting high or extremely high levels of stress.  33% of all workers say they haven’t taken a vacation, and do not plan to take one this year.  31% of workers check work email while on vacation, while 18% check in with work and 36% say they come back to so much work they wish they never went on vacation in the first place.

Source: The Business Journal

 

Too much social media can be detrimental to a young person’s mental health, and a new study reveals that some platforms are worse than others.  Instagram is considered the worst social media platform for young people’s mental health, with experts suggesting looking at all your friends’ pictures promotes envy and mental illness.  YouTube ranks the safest, and was the only site that garnered a “net positive” effect on young people’s health.

Source: Fox News

 

According to a poll by Bankrate, 73% of Americans have financial regrets, with only 20% having absolutely no regrets at all.  The most common regret is not saving enough for retirement (22%), followed by not saving enough for emergency expenses (16%).  Not saving enough money, either for retirement or emergencies, is the top financial regret among every income bracket, level of education, gender, race, and political affiliation.  Other common financial regrets include:

  • Taking on too much credit card debt (9%)
  • Taking on too much student loan debt (9%)
  • Not saving enough for children’s education (8%)
  • Buying more house than you could afford (2%)

Source: Bankrate

 

Lots of us count calories to try to eat healthy and maintain or lose weight. But not only is it hard, it’s not nutritionally accurate. There are plenty of packaged 100-calorie snacks that are overly processed and unhealthy, but an avocado might have a lot of calories, but it’s full of important nutrients. So stop counting calories, because they’re not all created equal. And start eating healthy the easy way, as suggested by model and certified nutritionist Alicia Roundtree.

  • Eat when you're hungry - Listen to your body and know when you’re grabbing food because you’re bored instead of hungry. And remember that sometimes you think you’re hungry but what you really need is a big glass of water to satisfy those hunger pangs.
  • Choose nutrient-dense foods - Eat real, whole foods that keep you full for longer instead of processed, packaged stuff full of refined carbs, sugar, and empty calories.
  • Be mindful while eating - Slow down and enjoy what you’re eating. Sit down and take the time to chew thoroughly, savoring the flavors before you take another bite.
  • Move your body - You don’t have to hit the gym five days a week, even regular, brisk walks can help you feel better. And Roundtree says having a regular exercise routine can make you more aware of how healthy the food you’re eating is.
  • Go with natural options - Try to eat things that are as close to their original state as possible, the less processed the better. And when you’re not eating junk, your body starts to crave nutrient-dense healthy foods, just give it a chance.

Source: Byrdie


Before you head outside this Memorial Day, stock up on sunscreen. And here to help you make the right choices for protecting your skin from damaging rays, the Environmental Working Group has released this year’s list of the best and worst sunscreens for kids. Here’s what to avoid and what to buy for the kids.

The Worst:

  • Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100 - EWG says it “provides moderate UVA protection” but has a poor balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF. And they warn against using SPF levels over 50 because they’re not protecting us that much more.
  • Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70 - This one contains retinyl palmitate, a chemical which can actually damage sun-exposed skin. So you could end up hurting your kid instead of protecting her.
  • Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 - EWG estimates the SPF of this stuff is much less than they claim. They caution, “SPF values above 50 offers a false sense of security.” Plus it contains oxybenzone, a chemical that disrupts hormones.
  • Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray Kids, SPF 70 - Sprays don’t always cover completely and they pose an inhalation risk, according to EWG.
  • Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55 - EWG claims this scores poorly and it also has that hormone disrupting chemical, oxybenzone.

The Best:

  • All Good Kid’s Sunscreen, SPF 30 - It’s made with organic green tea extract and rose hips, and it’s GMO free, gluten-free, paraben-free, vegan, PABA-free.
  • Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50 - This sunscreen is made with natural oatmeal and mineral zinc oxide.
  • Blue Lizard Australian SUNSCREEN, SPF 30+ - EWG says this one has a good balance of UVA protection in relation to SPF and it’s paraben-, fragrance-, and chemical-free, in addition to being gentle on sensitive skin.
  • Episencial Babytime Sunny Sunscreen - Pediatricians developed this top choice and it’s lightweight, has no petroleum, fragrance, harsh chemicals, or gluten.
  • Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+ - EWG says this is one of the best you can buy because it provides excellent UVA protection and an excellent balance of UVA protection compared to the SPF. And it’s made with safe ingredients, so even though it’s pricey, it’s worth it.  Check out the complete list here.

Source: The Stir

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